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Food safety, product quality, and processing efficiency — these have been three core themes in all of our conversations with food processors and suppliers over the past two years. And while there are many factors that affect all of these themes, a big one is temperature control. Efficient heating is required for several processing activities, […]

salmonella inactivation

Salmonella inactivation during extrusion processing Extruded products, such as snacks, cereals, textured vegetable protein and pet foods, remain a highly recalled category of low moisture foods.  In the production of extruded products, an initial dry product formulation is fed into the hopper, where it is combined with added moisture, mixed, cooked, and formed.  The residence […]

Dave's Killer Bread

I spent a few minutes in the lobby of Dave’s Killer Bread’s “World Breadquarters” before my interview appointment and tour of the facility. What I noticed immediately was that everybody was happy to be there. And I do mean everybody. I didn’t see a single person walk by who wasn’t smiling. There were even a […]

How does it preserve fruits & vegetables?  Consumer interests in healthier and fresher foods have driven much of the interest in ‘advanced’ preservation methods, such as pulsed electric field (PEF) processing, which are safe but at the same time capable of imparting fresh-like characteristics to processed food. Pulsed electric field (PEF) treatments of less than […]

The control of Salmonella in low moisture foods is the key to safe low moisture food products.  The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mandates that food producers have science-based preventive controls to mitigate the risk of foodborne illness.  In other product commodities, validation studies for traditional thermal processing may be well established, such as in […]

Healthy Promoting Properties and Thermal Processing The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015) recommend that adults consume at least 2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruits daily (Based on 2000 kcal/day diet) as they provide many health benefits including prevention of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, cancer, diabetes. The health promoting effects […]

The story of low moisture foods. Low moisture foods are foods which are naturally low in moisture or where moisture has been purposefully reduced, typically by drying. Historically, not much concern was given to the safety of low moisture foods as microorganisms cannot grow in these conditions.  The majority of the food industry was operating […]